Other than children hoping the Easter Bunny remembered them, few people regard Easter as a big gift-giving holiday. This is part of the reason why I love Easter…there’s no expectation that you HAVE to get a gift for someone; you get something for someone only if you WANT to. As such it’s hard to mess up an Easter gift—most likely the recipient wasn’t expecting anything!
MOST POPULAR GIFT IDEAS
Flowers/Plants-Spring’s arrival brings many beautiful flowers/plants to give as an Easter gift. Flowers brighten any room and plants serve double duty as something to be enjoyed now and later. Nearly half of all the flowers given and used at Easter are lilies. Azaleas, tulips, daffodils and daisies are also quite popular.
Candy-Easter offers more candy than one could imagine (Easter is second only to Halloween when it comes to candy consumption.) You can find jellybeans in nearly every flavor imaginable, marshmallow Peeps® galore & chocolate bunnies in all shapes and sizes. (Fun fact: 3 out of every 4 people eat the ears of the bunny first…which got me wondering…where does the other 25% of the people sink their teeth into???)
GIFTS TO MAKE A STATEMENT
Your Mom always makes a fabulous Easter Dinner? Headed to the inlaws and want to make a good impression?
Vessel jar/glass vase filled with plastic Easter eggs or jelly beans-select an oversized vessel jar you know will complement their décor. Fill it to the top with plastic eggs or jelly beans.
Wreath-there are beautiful options these days. You can bring it with you or send ahead of time.
Fruit basket-healthy, handsome & practical! Order one or assemble yourself.
To make your basket something to ooh and aah over, follow these simple steps:
1. Find a fun basket/tin/container. Add shredded Easter “grass” if you like.
2. Choose with treats with the recipient (and your budget!) in mind
3. Focus items on a particular theme for greatest impact
BASKETS WITH PERSONALITY
Gifts have a language unto themselves—even Easter baskets! Think about what you’d like your basket to say and fill accordingly. Here are some ideas to get you started…
The Classic-a stuffed animal, a chocolate bunny, Peeps®, plastic eggs filled with jellybeans.
Play with Me!– Silly String/Playdough/Silly Putty/Coloring Book/Crayons
Can’t You Please Play Outside?-Chalk, bubbles, Frisbee, jump rope
You Just Got Your Braces Off!-an assortment of gum, taffy, Sugar Babies (mmm!) and popcorn
Yes, I Know You’re Almost Old Enough To Drive (Girl)– manicure set, nail polish in fun colors, pens to decorate nails, hair scrunchies
Yes, I Know You’re Almost Old Enough to Drive (Boy)-Frisbee, throwback toy to his youth (Legos, Pokemon cards…), gift card to Starbucks/McDonalds/wherever; iTunes/Android gift card
Make Something Beautiful-washi tape; glitter; stickers; specialty paper; markers
Your Family is So Fun-Jelly Belly Sampler Gift Box; age appropriate games (Bananagrams®, Boggle®, Taboo®, Uno…)
You’ve Got a Green Thumb-seed packets; some seedlings; gardening gloves; gardening tools
EASY HOSTESS GIFTS
Headed to brunch/lunch/dinner and don’t want to show up empty-handed? Here are some ideas on what to bring:
Plant-a beautiful gift that the hostess can just set down and enjoy! (A bouquet of flowers, though lovely, means she has to go in search of a vase.)
Jar filled with Candy-Even a simple Mason jar can make jellybeans look more festive! Grab a paint pen or permanent marker and add a monogram.
Easter cocktail napkins-select a few packs of fun napkins & tie together with a festive bow
Caramel sauce-my new favorite gift for all occasions! Pair with some fruit or popcorn for a sweet delight!